ShopTalk Sunday: Problem-Solvers, Tooling Up, Machine Runs

There is a ton of material this morning – mostly in the form of stories and vignettes, so pour a long cup and let’s have a go at this: EBay Bargains T’other day on eBay, I was out “buying information” and I came up with a couple of real gems.  Before I tell you about them, though, let me give you my “shopping excuse.”  Writer’s are sorta like computers:  To get lots out of them, you …

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One Week to Ham Radio Field Day 2021

Since Field Day is one of the world’s first True Prepping events, we figured a special edition of Urban would be interesting, even to non-ham radio types. Of course, there will be enough “secret sauce tossed in” to make sure Old-Timers (I was first licensed in 1963, lol) learn a few tricks along the way. What’s Field Day? The grandperson of ham radio organizations is the American Radio Relay League.  Because in times of emergency, ham radio operators …

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“Directions are Wrong” & “Square Hole” Ray

Yessir: ShopTalk Sunday.  As we await the opening of the “crooked casino”  now part-owned by the Federal Reserve (as presumably you as a taxbleeder), we go to our Person Caves to Create. “Directions Are Wrong” Added a few more items to the stores this week. Which meant assembling another 48 X 14 x 80 inch wire rack unit. I’ve done these before – and always meant to write an article about how to cut your …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Toolbox Shoot-Out, ShopSmith?

If a discussion about toolboxes and whether a ShopSmith (serious multi-tool) seem like an odd pairing, relax.  It’s not.  Both have everything to do with how you get “the job” done. Let’s Do Toolboxes First It always struck me as odd:  That Pappy Ure’s shop was constantly piled with tools and projects.  Yet, when we were out salmon fishing, he un-erringly would say “Hand me a swivel from the tool box, second bin from right.”  …

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SatGourmet: Yum-Yum Weekend

Elaine and I had a marvelous conversation Friday about what we remembered from our youth.  (Which for both is a decade over a half-century ago!). Green Jell-O at church gatherings came up. Her preference was for the Jell-O with cottage cheese.  Mine?  Green Jell-O with a (drained) can of mixed fruit cocktail in it.  Topped with a thick layer of marshmallow-cream cheese topping. Odd – tastes, memories, and gatherings.  Brings us back to grounding. I sometimes wonder what …

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SatGourmet: Counterspace and Food Tooling

While Elaine continues on the mend from hip surgery (we did the P/T deal Friday afternoon), the joy of coming home to good food after just can’t be beat. The kitchen remodel project was, it goes without saying, delayed by the lack of two people to “work the project.”  I can do a lot of things, single-handed, but there are just some things in Life that take two people. Food Tooling Since I’ve been doing …

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ShopTalk 2021: Tools Extend Life!

Almost 72, Planning Still Works Happy Aging Zone?  There is a delightful balancing place most of us can find, with a little effort.  It comes down to three concepts we’ve covered on Peoplenomics and here this year.  For those who missed, these concepts revolve to form a “balanced life.” It’s marvelous to have/be-in  a relationship with someone who returns the favor. Time set aside for learning and study pays huge dividends via improved thinking and …

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Sunday Woo-Woo: Dreamwork Payday

Short story time.  Fiction?  You decide… By now, most of our readers know I am a huge fan dream research and I’ve been doing copious amounts of personal “dreamwork.” My book on topic (“Psychocartography: Mapping the Human Dream”) has managed to become one of the least-read books on Kindle. Yet I persist in the work.  An addiction? Several reasons, truth be told. Every time I “visit” the Dream Realms I notice different apparent compass headings. …

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Prepping: Metal Detecting 101

In Saturday’s column I hinted that I would wade a little deeper into the idea of “hobbies that can make money” for you…and by the title, you ought to know where this one is going. For the gold! Bit of personal background:  When I lived in the PNW – and even when I was on my sailboat – I often carries a small 10-12″ plastic pan to do a “little sniping” for gold. Problem up …

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Coping: Notes from “Around the Ranch”

As I was sitting quietly contemplating some of the major problems of physics (“Why do composite resistors have much Johnson-Nyquist noise figures than think-metal film varieties?”) it struck me that a useful column for the end of a weekend would be to round up a few things that haven’t found their way into our regular line of columns. New Book by a Reader After the Days of Infamy, by A.G. Kimbrough, picking up from the …

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